Serving New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut (the mid Atlantic states)
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon Sheila A. Bond, M.D., F.A.C.S.
All through our lives, well meaning friends and family have excused the lumps and bumps that bother us most with the phrase, “That’s just the way you’re built!” In truth, it’s not, just areas of disproportionate fat. Who among us doesn’t look in the mirror and know that minus a lump here or a bump there, they’d look a whole lot better.
Liposuction is sometimes referred to as Liposculpture, which indeed it is. Picture an artist with a chisel sculpting imperfect areas of your body to exactly the way you want them to look. Liposuction is a brilliant solution to removing unwanted fat from areas of the body such as hips, thighs, knees and arms, abdomen and waist to create a slimmer and better proportioned body. On the face, liposuction can be the cure for a double chin or sculpt too full cheeks.
Traditional liposuction is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. Dr. Sheila Bond utilizes the Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) for maximum and most precise fat removal. Before the surgery, the doctor will clearly mark the areas to be liposuctioned. The procedure is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions that are hidden, for the most part, in the natural creases and contours of the body. A thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum attached to the cannula.
The amount of time needed for liposuction will vary due to several factors, including the amount of fat being removed and the number of areas to be liposuctioned. Generally, liposuction typically takes between one and three hours to complete.
The fat that is removed can be re-injected into depressions in the face, or in larger quantities, to round out the buttocks. (See Brazilian Butt Lift.)
After surgery, you may experience some soreness, swelling, bruising, stiffness or temporary numbness. Fluid drainage from the incisions may occur. Dr. Sheila Bond will prescribe pain medication to help with any pain or discomfort that you feel, as well as antibiotics to prevent infection. After surgery, a snug compression garment, similar to a girdle, is worn to control swelling and compress the skin to the new body contours. Patients should start walking around as soon as possible, or as recommended, to help prevent blood clots in the legs. You will notice an immediate change in the shape of your body after surgery, though the final results will be apparent when all of the swelling has completely faded. Generally, most patients are able to return to work within a week after surgery, Strenuous exercise will need to be postponed for about four weeks.
The best candidate for liposuction is a person who is physically healthy and of normal weight but with areas of excess fat that are resistant to regular diet and exercise. Patients with firm, elastic skin tend to achieve the best results, while older patients with diminished skin elasticity may not achieve the same results as a younger patient.
Liposuction can successfully improve the shape of the body and, like many cosmetic procedures; it may improve one’s self confidence as well. After surgery, you’re likely to discover that you’re able to wear a wider variety of clothing than before. Liposuction is not a substitute for regular exercise and a healthy diet. By following a healthy diet and exercise regime, you can help to maintain your liposuction results.
If you’re ready for a more contoured figure, a flatter belly, a slimmer waist or a beautifully chiseled jawline, call our office today for a consultation appointment with Dr. Sheila Bond. Call (973) 509-0007.
Visit our plastic / cosmetic surgery office located in Montclair, New Jersey (NJ). We serve patients from the following area, such as Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Sussex counties, as well as Jersey City, Newark, NJ and all surrounding areas including New York (NY)..
We look forward to meeting you in person.